The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe festival kicked off on Friday in Enghien-les-Bains, France; a short distance from Paris, with a €1,100 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em event.
Throughout the tournament, which is scheduled to run throughout the next two weeks, an astonishing eight gold bracelets will be awarded, highlighted by the premier €10,450 Main Event historically known to attract one of the most star-studded fields of any poker tournament the world over.
After spending its first two years of existence in Cannes, the World Series of Poker announced they would be moving the WSOP Europe event to Paris in December 2012. The newly renovated Barriere Enghien-les-Bains Casino facility was also confirmed to hold the entire festival in a truly monstrous single poker room, with a large 500-seat theatre to play host to all final tables and the world-wide television production.
Not only highlighted by eight gold bracelets, the World Series of Poker Europe will also see the conclusion of the heated 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Leading into the major tournament, 2013 $50,000 Poker Players’ Champion Matthew Ashton currently sits on top, thanks also to his appearances at three other final tables, including both second and third place finishes.
Well within striking distance in second place is five-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, who most notably won the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event for AU$1,038,825, as well as cashing six times in Las Vegas this past summer.
Loni Harwood rounds out the top three, having cashed on six occasions herself and winning her first gold bracelet in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event for $609,017.
History was made at last year’s World Series of Poker Europe and the possibility of similar results appears likely.
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